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December 20th

Little Maker presents Last Waltz

One Eyed Jacks, 9p.m.

A tribute to The Last Waltz - Part II


Pelicans vs. Trail Blazers

Smoothie King Center, 6p.m.

The world of Portlandia blazes down South


Nutcracker Ballet

Tulane’s Dixon Hall, 2p.m.

Its not Christmas without the Nutcracker


Irvin Mayfield’s Birthday Celebration

Royal Sonesta, 8p.m.

Trumpet Mafia, Jonathan Batiste & Special Guests


Pine Leaf Boys

d.b.a., 11p.m.

Local grammy nominees take the stage



December 21st

Caroling in the Square

Jackson Square, 6:30p.m.

Join in the tradition of communal holiday song by candlelight in front of the Cathedral


Saints vs. Falcons

da Dome, 12p.m.

Who dat rivals migrate to the Crescent City for some action


Nutcracker Ballet

Tulane’s Dixon Hall, 2p.m.

Its not Christmas without the Nutcracker (final show)


Creole Christmas

Preservation Hall, 2:30p.m.

Holday jams with Lars Edegran and Big Al Carson



December 22nd

NOCCA Presents Home for the Holidays

House of Blues, 6p.m.

A concert for Daniel Price foundation ft. Trombone Shorty, Rebirth Brass Band, TYSSON


December 23rd

Lightwire Theater

The Joy Theater, 3p.m. & 7:30p.m.

A glow in the dark dancing light show


Schoolhouses Rocked: Break-Ins at Coghill & UNO Food Court (Videos)

School was out over Thanksgiving weekend, but that didn’t stop these crooks from trying to get back in. Police are now on the hunt for clues into the identity and motives of two separate men who broke into local schools on November 28.

State of the Screen: Film Picks for the Week

By Ashley Rouen

Thanksgiving is a popular time for folks to head to the movies. The Hunger Games Mocking Jay Part 1 held a five-day streak at number one through the holidays, grossing 82.6 million dollars. While big blockbusters hog much of the movie going hype, many local theatres set out to bring classic and independent films to the big screen.

Film Review: Fury

By Jason Raymond

Psychokinesis describes what happens in contemporary war movies as well as anything else I can think of. During the many battle sequences of Fury you are mesmerized by all the CGI pyrotechnics, complex sound, and quick edits that transport you inside an M4 Sherman tank. For about twenty-five years [1942-1977], America churned out movies about World War Two when much of the audience actively participated in the conflict to some degree. Yet the technology underpinning filmmaking never could achieve - what? technical accuracy? - the sheer spellbinding visuals in this movie.  

Weekend Fete is Always For Pleasure

By John Bisone

Self-gratification, satisfaction, and enjoyment needn't be justified in the Crescent city; pleasure is allowed to be its own reward. This weekend the collective that brought us Beasts Of The Southern Wild, celebrates artists and institutions that work for pleasure in their first annual Movies Music Art Mayhem festival, Always For Pleasure. The festival kicks off tonight at 7p.m. at AFP Headquarters at 2735c Toulouse, with a showing of festival namesake and inspiration Les Blank's iconic New Orleans masterpiece, Always For Pleasure.

Film Review: The Shootist

No, John Wayne wasn’t dying when he made The Shootist, which plays  this Sunday and Wednesday at 10a.m. at the Prytania Theater. The old man had been breathing on one lung since before he made The Sons of Katie Elder (1965). He did tote an oxygen tank everywhere he went. He had a wracking cough, and was physically pushing himself. With only one lung, John Wayne still chained-smoked.

NOLA-Listers: Hollywood's Party Scene Hits NOLA

By Jason Raymond

How soon before New Orleans becomes a “Hollywood lunch" town? That storied SoCal entertainment establishment, the Hollywood party, is beginning to appear on the Hollywood South scene.

Selma Trailer Released, Wendell Pierce Reminisces

The nation has spent the past year commemorating the 50th anniversary of several landmark moments in the Civil Rights movement. Being an American story, of course, a movie is also underway. Today, the trailer for Ava DuVernay’s much anticipated Selma was released. The film chronicles the bloody and pivotal voting rights marches of 1965.

NOVAC Kicks Off Second Web Weekend

By Jason Raymond

The New Orleans Video Access Center [NOVAC] kicks off its Web Weekend with a select think tank today (11.07). Nine internet-based entertainment productions will consult with a panel of experts and mentors. This year’s projects include Kyle June Williams is The Worst from the Sunken City alum, Chris DeMacy’s Sidewalk Stories, Alex Garcia’s sci-fi thriller web series Interrogation, and Hogwash from Zach Godshall, who directed Sundance favorite Lord Byron.

Today in NOLA: 11.05.14

Tonight, New Orleans offers poetry, films and musicals. If a Phantom doesn;t do it for you, Wolfman is hitting Frenchmen. On this day in 1996, Senator Mary Landrieu became the first Louisiana woman elected to the US Senate. Today she's prepping for a runoff. While Mary works, here are some events for the rest of us.

Film Review: Gone Girl

By Jason Raymond

After sitting through the endless, endless Gone Girl, I looked up the run times of David Fincher’s last seven movies. Here’s the list:

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